Disc Herniation Articles

Recovery from Surgery to Treat a Disc Herniation
After undergoing surgery for a disc herniation, the recovery process will vary depending on what type of procedure was performed. For example, recovering from traditional open spinal fusion can take longer than recovering from other types of spine surgery, such as minimally invasive stabilization. This...

Disc Herniation Surgery
If you have been living with pain from a disc herniation and conservative treatments have not helped you find relief, you may now be looking at surgical options. Usually, after at least a six-week course of non-invasive methods — like epidural injections or physical therapy — your doctor will begin...

If You Have Disc Herniation, Alternative Treatments Are Available
When you are experiencing excruciating pain from a disc herniation, alternative treatments may not seem like they would offer enough relief. However, discomfort alone should not compel you to immediately seek surgical relief. You may be surprised at how beneficial non-invasive, alternative treatments...

What Are My Options for Disc Herniation Therapy?
Disc herniation, or a herniated disc, occurs when the wall of a weakened spinal disc develops a tear and pushes inner disc material into the spinal canal. In and of itself, the tear is not necessarily painful. However, when disc material causes compression or irritation of a nearby spinal nerve, the...

Disc Herniation Exercises to Help You Find Relief
If your life is being affected by symptoms related to disc herniation, exercises could be the very last thing you want to attempt. However, there are many benefits to a program of doctor-approved exercise, including increased flexibility and stronger core muscles. Additionally, long periods of immobility...

Learning About Cervical Disc Herniation Treatment
A herniated disc in the cervical (upper) part of the spine can be extremely debilitating and take you away from the people and activities you love, but it is possible to find lasting relief. Cervical disc herniation treatment can take a variety of forms, though the most important thing to keep in mind...

Options for Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment
Lumbar disc herniation treatment can take a variety of forms. It will depend on how severe your symptoms are and how long they’ve been lasting. A herniated disc in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine means that the nucleus of a spinal disc has begun to push through a tear or weak spot in the tough...

Disc Herniation Treatment
Disc herniation treatment generally becomes necessary only if a nerve root or the spinal cord itself is compressed by the gel-like nucleus material that extrudes through a fissure in the disc’s fibrous outer wall. In fact, many people can have a herniated disc and never know it because there is no...

How an MRI Helps to Diagnose Disc Herniation
If your doctor believes you may be experiencing symptoms associated with disc herniation, an MRI — magnetic resonance imaging — test can be used to gain an accurate and reliable diagnosis. The concept of the MRI was developed in the 1980s. During this procedure a magnet is moved around the body in...

How Does a Doctor Reach a Diagnosis for Disc Herniation?
Disc herniation is not always painful, so it is possible to have this condition for some time before being diagnosed with it. Many patients discover they have a herniated disc after telling their doctor about symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness, both locally or in the extremities....

What Causes Lumbar Disc Herniation Symptoms?
Lumbar disc herniation symptoms can include lower back pain, as well as shooting pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the lower body. These symptoms can be very disruptive to your life, making it hard to accomplish everyday tasks like preparing a meal, working in the yard or running errands. To...

Cervical Disc Herniation Symptoms
Cervical disc herniation symptoms are not a result of a herniated disc itself, but rather, they are a result of a pinched nerve caused by herniated disc. A herniated disc is a disc that has developed a rip or tear in its tough outer layer. This could allow the inner disc fluid to leak and press against...

Disc Herniation Pain — How to Find Relief
Disc herniation pain can have a negative impact on your life, from difficult days at work to not being able to sleep comfortably at night. The pain resulting from a herniated disc in the spine can range from local irritation to symptoms that travel along the length of a compressed nerve. At their most...

What Symptoms Are Associated With Disc Herniation?
Disc herniation symptoms vary from patient to patient, but they can be very disruptive to your quality of life, taking you away from your favorite people and activities. For some people, a herniated disc might mean local, chronic neck or back pain. For others, a herniated disc can cause sciatica or result...

Disc Herniation and Aging — How Are They Related?
Disc herniation is closely related to aging. As we grow older, our bodies begin to slow down and years of wear can begin to take their toll. This deterioration happens within the spine as well, which shouldn’t be surprising considering the amount of support and flexibility it provides to the body....

Five Tips for Disc Herniation Prevention
One of the most common underlying causes of disc herniation is something no one can avoid — the natural aging process. That being said, there are a number of factors that often cause or contribute to disc degeneration that can lead to a herniated disc. Whether you have been identified as someone...

Disc Herniation Risk Factors
Disc herniation risk factors refer to activities that increase the likelihood that a person will develop a herniated disc at some point in his or her life. A frustrating part about a herniated disc is that the biggest contributor is natural aging. As degenerative changes make the discs less able to cushion...

What Are the Primary Causes of Disc Herniation?
The most common disc herniation cause is something none of us can avoid: growing older. Like the rest of the body, the parts of the spine begin to break down with age. Years of walking, running, bending and twisting add up to cause the neck and back pain most of us experience to some degree. The...

Posterior Disc Herniation
Posterior disc herniation occurs when the nucleus pulposus (or jellylike center) of an intervertebral disc seeps through the disc’s tough exterior on the back (or posterior) side of the spine. This can occur when a disc’s anterior side (which points toward the front of the body) becomes compressed...

Central Disc Herniation
Central disc herniation occurs when a disc in the thoracic spine (middle back) develops a tear in the tough outer layer, allowing the inner disc fluid to spill into the spinal canal. A central herniated disc is less common than a herniated disc in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back)....

Overview of Anterior Disc Herniation
Anterior disc herniation is when the center of a spinal disc begins to push out through a tear in the outer layer of the front-facing side, or anterior, of a spinal disc. This can occur when stress is continually applied to the opposite side of the disc allowing pressure to build on the anterior side....

Finding Relief from an L4-L5 Disc Herniation
The spinal disc located between the fourth and fifth lumbar (lower) vertebrae in the lower back is extremely vulnerable to degenerative conditions associated with the aging process. These conditions commonly develop in the lower back because that area of the spine bears much of the body’s weight. In...

L4 Disc Herniation
The L4 disc is located between the fourth and fifth vertebrae in the lumbar spine (lower back). Because the lumbar spine is responsible for supporting the weight and movement of the body, the discs in this area are particularly susceptible to being damaged. Discs act as the spine’s natural cushions...

L5-S1 Disc Herniation Overview
A herniated disc between the last vertebra in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine and the sacrum is called an L5-S1 disc herniation. The lumbar spine has five vertebrae, labeled L1 to L5, and the sacrum is a triangular-shaped bone at the base of the spine between the two hip bones. The sacrum connects...

L5 Disc Herniation
An L5 disc herniation occurs in the last vertebrae located in the lumbar (or lower) region on the spine. The lumbar region of the spine has five vertebrae, which are commonly labeled L1 to L5 – in rare cases, a person might have six lumbar vertebrae. Since the lower back bears the majority of a person’s...

How Does Disc Herniation Cause Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body and is very commonly affected by disc herniation, which can compress or irritate the sciatic nerve. The resulting group of painful symptoms is known as sciatica. Sciatica pain can be very debilitating, affecting your ability to perform basic...

Lumbar Disc Herniation — Symptoms and Treatments
Lumbar disc herniation occurs in the lower back, when the gelatinous center of a spinal disc is pushed through a tear in the tougher exterior. The main cause of this condition is usually natural degeneration of the spine due to aging, where years of wear from common activities like walking and bending...

What Is Thoracic Disc Herniation?
Thoracic disc herniation is a condition in which a spinal disc in the thoracic (middle) section of the spine develops a tear or weak spot that causes inner-disc material to push through. These rubbery discs provide cushion and support to the spine, but they can also lose water content and degenerate...

C5–C6 Disc Herniation
The first seven vertebrae of the spine are considered the cervical spine (neck) and have the responsibility of supporting and stabilizing the movement of the head. In between each set of vertebrae in the spine is a round disc filled with gel-like fluid. These discs offer support to the vertebrae and...

C5 Disc Herniation
The cervical spine (neck) is composed of seven vertebrae that reach from the base of the skull to the top of the shoulders. Because these seven vertebrae support and stabilize the head while still allowing movement, they are often susceptible to developing a degenerative spine condition over time. The...

How to Treat Disc Herniation in the Neck
Disc herniation in the neck, occurring in the cervical (upper) section of the spine, is a spine condition that can cause a wide range of symptoms. These can include pain, weakness, tingling and numbness that occur in the neck, arms and hands. It’s possible for these symptoms to become extremely debilitating,...

Getting Relief for Your Cervical Disc Herniation
Cervical disc herniation occurs when a disc in the cervical (upper) spine becomes damaged to the point that the soft inner core protrudes through the normally tough outer layer. A herniated disc does not always cause symptoms and it’s possible to have one without knowing it. The pain and limited functioning...

Types of Disc Herniation
A disc herniation occurs when the nucleus material of a spinal disc pushes through a tear in its outer layer. This is usually caused by natural aging and an associated loss of water content and elasticity, which can lead to herniated discs and other conditions. The symptoms associated with a herniated...

Disc Herniation Definition
If your doctor has mentioned the term “disc herniation” to you, you may be looking for a good definition of what that means. When a disc becomes herniated, the soft, gel-like material in the center pushes through a tear in the tougher disc lining. The condition becomes painful if the disc, or leaking...

Learn About Disc Herniation
A spinal disc herniation, or herniated disc, occurs when a tear develops in the outer lining of the disc, causing inner-disc material to extrude into the spinal canal. Disc herniation doesn’t always cause symptoms, but this condition can be debilitating if displaced disc material comes into contact...

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